Philip G. Damm Sr., 92, engineer, civic volunteer

Philip G. Damm Sr.
Philip G. Damm Sr.
Posted: March 14, 2014

Philip G. Damm Sr., 92, of Ambler, a community volunteer and former plant engineer for Merck & Co., died Saturday, March 8, of a heart ailment at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Damm worked for 35 years at the drug firm in West Point. His niche was maintaining sterile environments for drug manufacturing, helping to mass-produce vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, and influenza.

He volunteered in the 1950s and '60s on the North Penn Water Authority, where he helped to develop a public water system for the area.

Mr. Damm also served 52 years on the Lower Gwynedd Township Municipal Authority. In that role, he helped develop a sewer system, which paved the way for development in the township.

In 2012, in recognition of his efforts on the municipal authority, he was named Lower Gwynedd citizen of the year. "He was super-happy with that. It was the highlight of his later years," said son Michael.

Born in Albany, N.Y., Mr. Damm attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering, but his classes were interrupted by World War II. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers, helping to build a gas pipeline in France.

The line provided fuel for Allied forces as they marched through France. After the war, Mr. Damm finished his engineering degree. He moved to the Philadelphia area in 1949.

Mr. Damm built his house in Lower Gwynedd from a kit that arrived by railroad. His wife, the former Anne C. Carlon, helped. "My father was hands-on all the way," his son said. "At 92, he still mowed the lawn."

His favorite pastime was relaxing in Eagles Mere, Pa., where he played golf and enjoyed the scenery. He stayed sharp by reading the newspaper and doing the crossword puzzle and cryptogram daily.

In addition to his son, he is survived by another son, Philip II; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. His wife died in 2010.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 259 Forest Ave., Ambler. Interment will be in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Damm's wife to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia 19106, or via www.ALZ.org.


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